[whatwg] Features for responsive Web design

Kornel Lesiński kornel at geekhood.net
Thu May 17 02:54:13 PDT 2012

On Thu, 17 May 2012 02:29:11 +0100, Jacob Mather <jmather at itsmajax.com>  

> As I said, I understand that it is a hard problem, but the question
> is, is it the correct problem.
> There are plenty of reasons not to do it, but is there any actual
> reason that the approach is less correct than the current proposals?

Yes, trading off latency to save bandwidth is definitely an incorrect  
approach. Bandwidth will keep increasing much faster than latency  
decreases (and there are hard physical limits to decreasing latency, while  
bandwidth could go up to infinity).

On high-latency high-bandwidth connections (satellite, 3G/4G) it may  
already be cheaper to download all versions of all images than to wait for  
CSS to be able to select the right ones to load. Solution that requires  
page layout for image loading is a step backwards for performance.

regards, Kornel Lesiński

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